CIM Distinguished Service Medal


CIM Distinguished Service Medal

For meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry

Origins & Conditions



This award was inaugurated by the 1956-1957 CIM Council for distinguished or meritorious service to the Institute or the mineral industry, of a nature not necessarily technical or scientific.


For meritorious service to the Institute and the mining industry

Judging based on

The contribution or achievement made by a CIM member through innovation, research, project management, education, and any form of exceptional service to the Institute and to the mining industry.

Other criteria

This award is for CIM National members only.  

Those who have already received a CIM Career Excellence award for this nominated exceptional achievement are not eligible.


There is only one recipient of this award every year. This award is solely for individual nominations (no teams). 

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Michael Cinnamond

Mike Cinnamond is the senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of B2Gold Corp. Prior to joining B2Gold in 2013, he was an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he was the BC Resources Leader for the mining, forestry and energy and utilities practices.

He has 22 years of experience in the mining industry sector and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC and holds an LL.B. designation from the University of Exeter.

He has been involved with CIM both locally and nationally for almost 20 years. He has served as treasurer, vice chair and ultimately branch chair of CIM’s Vancouver Branch. He was CIM’s audit and risk chair for several years and has been a director-at-large for the CIM Council for the past four years. At the 2018 CIM Convention + Expo in Vancouver, Mike was the moderator of the plenary session.

He is also currently a director of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver and a board member of HighGold Mining Inc.


Michael Allan

Past President of CIM (2009-2010)

Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Michael Allan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1973 with a B.A.Sc. in mineral engineering. 

On graduation he worked at Gibraltar Mines (McLeese Lake BC) for 4 years. In 1977, he joined Teck Corporation for the startup of the Afton Mine for 3 years in Kamloops followed by four years at the Highmont operation in the Highland Valley as Mill Superintendent. 

Starting in 1984, he worked in consulting engineering with Wright Engineers in Vancouver where he worked on projects in Chile, Spain and in Canada. In 1994 he moved to H.A. Simons and helped to establish the Simons Mining Group (which later became Amec). 

Allan re-joined Teck Corporation in 1998 to work as an Owners Technical Representative on the detailed design of the Antamina project in Peru. He was subsequently appointed vice president, engineering in September 1999. From 1999 to his retirement in 2013 he led the technical services group within Teck Resources Project Development Group. 

Allan is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of B.C. and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum (CIM). He has been actively involved in CIM activities since joining as a student member while in university. He was actively involved in several branches and is a past chair of the South Central BC and Vancouver Branches. He also served a term as CIM’s District 6 Vice President in 1997-98 and headed CIM’s Membership Committee for four years. He was named the Mineral Processor of the Year by the Canadian Mineral Processors in January 2008. After retiring from Teck in 2013, he continues to consult to the mineral industry on metallurgy and project development. In 2015, he re-joined CIM Council as a director-at-large and has served three two year terms in this role.